Navigating essential mental health and substance use resources can be difficult. The feeling of hopelessness that individuals and families face who can’t find the right help and resources -- because they don’t know which questions to ask or where to go -- is too common and needs to be addressed.

We invite you to join us for a special event to hear from a panel of subject-matter experts on available resources in our region and how to navigate the mental health and substance use system in western Iowa.

Wednesday, March 20, 2024
Breakfast + Networking
Introductions + Panel of Subject-Matter Experts
Iowa Western Community College Student Center
2700 College Rd, Council Bluffs
$15 Per Person
Includes Breakfast and Presentation

Larisa A. Che, MD
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, CHI Health

Melissa Hawkins, MS
Licensed Mental Health Therapist
712 Counseling

Ryan Crane
Executive Director

Suzanne Watson
CEO, Southwest Iowa Mental Health & Disability Services Region

The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Fund of Southwest Iowa Fund was created to enhance the reach and capacity of our nonprofit service providers around their ability to educate the public, provide preventative solutions, and internal training to increase the capacity and ability of the providers.

With mental health, drug and alcohol abuse and addiction, teen suicide, isolation and stigma all at the forefront of community conversations, there is a need for solutions that create lasting and durable positive impact.

How are we, as a community, focusing on the families and individuals affected by mental health and substance abuse issues? How can we amplify the work of our service providers in a way that increases their internal capacity for service to the needs of our community while addressing issues of stigma and access to services? 


The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Fund of Southwest Iowa is designed to increase and effectively manage available pools of funding to create long-term, sustainable and quantifiable positive impact through three focus areas: education; raising awareness; and providing learning and development opportunities for area service providers. The fund will serve the following counties in Iowa: Cass, Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie, and Shelby. 


The Southwest Iowa Mental Health and Substance Abuse Fund application is open June 15 through July 15.

Grants ranging from $500 to $2,500 per organization are available for projects in one (or more) of the following three focus areas: Education; Raising Awareness; and Providing Learning and Development Opportunities for area service providers.